I’d been hatching a Cool Impossible to run (solo) one of the long distance footpaths in the UK. I challenge not only of running ability but also navigation and logistical support.
The run camp provided a…Continue
When I start working with a new athlete, I analyze how balanced they are between their speed and endurance.
Just like the program in…Continue
Added by Eric Orton on November 3, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments
My first ultra-marathon is now in the books. Wasn't a fabulous finishing time, but I finished.
This year's Jack's 50k in Palm Coast, FL was six laps of the 5-ish mile Male Compra Greenway Trail and mountain bike course, plus a half mile to/from the…Continue
If your legs remain too bent throughout the running gait, you are prone to stressing your quads too much and 'turning off' or not using crucial…Continue
I stood high on this peak during the Fall season in the Tetons, enjoying the reward of magnificent views that come from 6,000+ feet of running and climbing. I took the below winter photo during a ten mile run. These two photos grasp the beauty of the Tetons in different ways, BUT also show the SAME peak in…Continue
Warning, this is almost longer than the race itself.....above PC @ Charles Danforth.
After 14 hours of driving, I arrived in Sheridan WY on Wednesday evening before the race. My two pacers/crew, David…Continue
This was a “training through” race. My big race is Bighorn 100 in 4 weeks. The goal was to have really good focus in this race, to do well, but not go out too hard and have to recover much in the days following the race. I need to be able to put…Continue
When I first read Cool Impossible back in 2013 my original “Cool Impossible” running goals were all time based, and essentially based around achieving ever better half marathon PBs
A disappointing half marathon result in October 2014 followed by a period of reflection after my 2nd London Marathon in April 2015 led me to revise my goals – a never ending quest to continually shave seconds off race times not only seemed ultimately futile (I’d naturally hit a limit –…Continue
Added by Rich Warne on April 3, 2017 at 4:00am — No Comments
Tulsa Area Trail and Ultra Runner’s (TATUR) Snake Run is timed event. There is a 3 hour and 6 hour division. The goals is to run as many miles, all on single track trail, as you can in the time allowed. The course is a 3.75ish loop, with 1 smaller 0.5…Continue
There is this misconception out there that if you want to pursue your dreams and cool impossibles, you have to know exactly what you’re doing. Just look around at all those other, more successful people out there. They move through life with a crisp smile and no body fat, and you ask them, “how’s it going”,…Continue
A whole different experience this year and a nice platform for next year’s training….
I checked in with friends and hosts Ashley and Michael on Thursday evening after arriving in San Francisco. We headed to the…Continue
Added by Lori Enlow on December 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This race takes place in the North Phoenix community of Cave Creek. Flagstaff has already cooled down to evening temps in the 40s, so the car’s outside temperature reading of 90 as we rolled into the area made me a bit nervous. I had also downed a yummy frozen custard treat about an hour before that was now making me a bit nauseated.
We arrived a bit early, so I took off to do a little pre race warm up. My goal race is now The North Face Endurance…
I hope your running is going strong and well. This year marked the 10 year anniversary of my Born To Run adventure to the Copper Canyon. In honor of this, I was invited to visit Oaxaca Mexico this past August for a 3 day run adventure. The purpose of this was to explore the Oaxaca region, running from town to town. This is a lawless state that operates independent of the Mexican government, with a focus on eco-tourism and harmony.
We ran 100k within the 3 day…Continue
I just caught Eric's interview on the Connect Run Podcast while on my 8-miler yesterday. Excellent interview, Eric! While listening, it reminded me of how far I had come as a runner since I started 5 years ago and how The Cool Impossible had helped become a better runner.
I was diagnosed with hypertension about 7 years ago at age 36. At the time, I was a smoker of 17 years, sitting around much of the day, and eating fast food regularly. Somehow, I had deluded myself…Continue
Yup, I'm gonna do it. I'm going to Giants. Tor Des Geants, that is. It's a 200+ mile race following the Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2 around the Italian Alps. There will be 24,000 meters/78,000 ft of climbing...and descending. It is a single stage race, meaning there is no designated down time for rest. You rest as much or as little as you need, but the race goes on. We have 150 hours to complete the course. There will be "life bases" every 30 ish miles with cots and showers and hot food.…Continue
I’ve been running for years, (like 23 of them), but only started my true love affair with running 4-5 years ago when I sought Eric Orton to coach me to my first ultra marathon. At that time I didn’t “love” running. I ran for years for fitness and to…Continue
After my time with Eric last September his plan was for me to run as much as possible in HRZ2 which for me is 134 to 144 BPM, Aiming to build endurance. At first it felt weird because its so 'slow'. But after several months I can feel my endurance building. And my pace and heart rates are interesting as well! Based on 10 mile and more runs, Averages are
November 13:15 min mile with HR 145
January 12:47 min mile HR 139
February 11:12 min mile HR 140
Want to go faster for…
Yea.....I'm not a consistent journal writer or blogger. I have been working on the 'Cool Impossible' book training program for the past 11 weeks. I thought I would update in case someone was interested. The workouts have been very motivating and challenging at the same time. Its nice that you can read a chapter in the book about the 'why' you are doing a particular run. Some of the speed hill days have taken me back to childhood cross country days. The coaches never…Continue